Giant Squid Hitches Free Ride to the Marquesas
[SIZE=-1]Cruising World, FL - 17 hours ago[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Investigating the findings of another cruiser, who hypothesized that Akitsushima II had been latched onto by a giant squid, the Cones donned scuba gear and ...[/SIZE]
I like this quote "We can't think of any ocean junk that would leave this kind of pattern. Barnacles and seaweed don't leave these marks. We've never seen fishing floats that would do this. We can't think of any other natural phenomenon that would make such marks. On the other hand, they look just like those squid suckers."
Yeah, my gut agrees that it was most likely a poor use of something like a disc sander last time the boat was hauled. Maybe they repainted it but didn't re-prime it, so where the over-sanding was, it looked like a solid paint job, but it couldn't stick, so it wore off much faster than the rest of the paint...
But thinking about squids, sharks, and ramoras is fun anyway. The fact that all the disks seem about the same size would seem to favor a single tool making them, which I guess could be one cookie cutter, but doesn't seem consistent with one squid (with many sizes of sucker).
If we humor the squid theory, it seems like the circles would have to be from suckers with toothed rings-- am I right remembering that achiteuthis has rings on all suckers (arms and tentacle clubs)? How about the other big squids? I know messie has hooks on the clubs, but assuming it was holding on with its arms, do its arm suckers have rings?